Bush tucker: The ultimate ‘home grown’

Warrigal Greens, an edible succulent common to coastal areas of southern Austral-ia, has made it to our plates at home and in high-end restaurants

By John Fitzsimmons

Driven by rising acknowledgement and regard for indigenous knowledge, environmental concerns, and the ever-present search for new taste sensations and culinary experiences, broad interest in ‘bush tucker’ has never been higher. What’s interesting is many edible indigenous or wild plants have been right under our noses all along.Continue reading

Aussie bush foods for biodiversity and conservation

By Bruce Thompson

I remember reading Tim Low’s book “Wild Food Plants of Australia” as though gaining entry to a secret society of horticulturists. In those pages, my name was invisibly written, granted entry to that forbidden library of arcane knowledge where edible Aussie plants and fruits were celebrated again after languishing unnoticed for decades, despite the tens of thousands of years they provided sustenance to First Nations people.Continue reading

A global collection of Gondwanan flora in Tasmania

Aerial view of the property showing the location of the Inala Jurassic Garden Inala (Image: Inala-B Moriarty)

By Dr Tonia Cochran

The Inala Jurassic Garden is a privately-owned botanic garden located on South Bruny Island, south-eastern Tasmania. Its relatively remote location, on an ‘island off an island off an island’, is rather a fitting place for a garden which features living plant families whose ancestors thrived on the ancient Gondwana supercontinent before it split to form today’s southern land masses – quite the Jurassic Park, with its plant equivalent of dinosaurs that are still with us today.Continue reading

Nursery Papers November 2021, Accelerating uptake and removing barriers to green roofs in Australia

Background: Rapidly growing urban populations, increasingly hot cities and the need for green space and access to nature are key reasons for integrating more green infrastructure into cities. Green roofs provide environmental benefits and greener developments can enhance human well-being and productivity, and increase the rental and resale value of properties compared to traditional grey infrastructure.… Continue reading

Re-vegetation or ecological restoration

By Patrick Regnault

As we become more environmentally conscious, individuals or communities in rural or regional areas may wish to re-vegetate part of their land to improve the local biodiversity. To be of full benefit the planting has to serve the local fauna, be a future seed bank for the local flora, and increase soil health.Continue reading

Aphids are here to stay

Cabbage aphid parasite enters the colony bottom right

By Denis Crawford

Aphids thrive in warm, moist conditions so they are often the first insect pests that we notice in spring. Most of the aphids that cause problems in Australia are introduced from elsewhere and it’s likely they are here to stay.Continue reading